1. Verdict

    Ex-Guatemalan Dictator Guilty of Genocide

    People celebrate the judge's guilty verdict for Guatemala's former dictator Jose Efrain Rios Montt during his genocide trial in Guatemala City, Friday, May 10, 2013.  The Guatemalan court convicted Rios Montt on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, sentencing him to 80 years in prison. The 86-year-old former general is the first former Latin American leader ever found guilty of such a charge. The war between the government and leftist rebels cost more than 200,000 lives and ended in peace accords in 1996. (AP Photo/Moises Castilo)

    Reaction to guilty verdict of Montt's trial on Friday. (Moises Castillo/AP)

    After a five-week trial that included over 100 witnesses, a Guatemalan court on Friday found Gen. Efraín Ríos Montt guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity. Montt ruled the country as dictator during one of the deadliest periods of its civil war, during which whole villages of the Maya Ixil ethnic group were systematically executed. The trial was the first time a former head of state has been put on trial by a national court on charges of genocide, and the guilty verdict is one for the books. Montt, 86, was sentenced to 80 years in jail, although his director of intelligence at the time was acquitted of both charges.

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